High School Edition Terms and Conditions

2024 Grand Challenge - High School Edition Terms


  1. La Trobe University (ABN 64 804 735 113) (La Trobe) is conducting a Challenge called the 2024 Grand Challenge (‘Challenge’) – High School Edition.
  2. These terms (‘Terms’) apply to the Challenge and by submitting your application to enter the Challenge you agree to be bound by these Terms. Any application that does not comply with these Terms may be deemed invalid and ineligible to participate or to continue in the Challenge or to win any prize.
  3. La Trobe reserves the right to exclude from any stage of the Challenge any application, entry, team or participant that it deems, in its sole discretion, to be in breach of these Terms or otherwise inappropriate, offensive or in violation of any rule or law or any other Challenge guidelines or criteria.
  4. The key dates for the Challenge are outlined below. Any applications received after the entry dates will be deemed invalid. No responsibility is accepted for late, lost, delayed or misdirected entries. La Trobe reserves the right to extend and change the Challenge dates in its sole discretion. La Trobe will notify participants accepted into the Challenge of any changes to the Challenge dates.
  5. The Challenge is open to High School Students who:
    1. are enrolled at a high school in Vietnam, India or Sri Lanka
    2. are aged between 16 and 19 years
    3. have an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Business and/or Arts disciplines
    4. have written approval from:
      1. their parent or guardian; and
      2. the School Principal or relevant Delegate to participate in the Technology Infusion Grand Challenge – High School Edition competition
  6. Applications to enter the Challenge are free. La Trobe reserves the right to verify each applicant’s eligibility to participate in the Challenge and each applicant agrees to provide further documents or evidence of eligibility upon request. Each application to this Challenge is judged on skill and merit and chance plays no part in determining the progress of any team or winner of any Challenge prize.
  7. By submitting an application and participating in the Challenge, each applicant warrants to La Trobe that:
    1. they have the permission of their parent or guardian to enter the Challenge
    2. all details provided with their application and during their participation are true and accurate
    3. the applicant owns or has the right to submit their application and to participate in this Challenge
    4. the applicant has obtained consent from any person in their application to submit this application on their behalf, participate in the Challenge, and to use their name and image for this Challenge
    5. their application and participation in the Challenge will not (and will not cause La Trobe to):
      • infringe any person’s copyright or other intellectual property rights;
      • infringe any person’s privacy rights or any applicable privacy laws; or breach any other laws.
  8. La Trobe may at, any stage in the Challenge and in its sole discretion, accept or refuse any application, including but not limited to where an application is insufficient, inadequate or incomplete, does not meet eligibility requirements, or is restricted by any laws, regulations or institutional policies or requirements
  9. The Challenge is split into two (2) phases:  Phase 1: Problem Analysis and Short Report (Proposal), and Phase 2: Creating a Video with Findings Based on Judging Criteria. Requirements for each phase are set out below. Acceptance of any application does not guarantee progress into any later stage of the Challenge.
  10. Each applicant must:
    1. form a team of three to five (5) students from the same institution (each an applicant)
    2. participate in one (1) team only
    3. prepare their concept or idea in accordance with any guidelines published or notified by La Trobe on the Grand Challenge page
    4. submit their application by completing the online registration here (link to come) by the due date (to be confirmed); and
    5. include in their application a letter of support from their High School (Principal) or their Delegate.
  11. La Trobe will assess applications and elect in its discretion which applications will proceed to the next phase of the Challenge. La Trobe will notify successful teams by email by a date to be advised.
  12. If notified as successful by La Trobe, applicants wishing to progress in the Challenge must then:
    1. complete further work on their application to refine their concept or idea; and
    2. by such date as notified by La Trobe, submit a short report which presents their concept and proposal.
  13. Reports will be reviewed and judged by La Trobe, through Challenge judges appointed by La Trobe, in accordance with any Challenge criteria, and feedback will be provided.
  14. La Trobe may seek further evidence of support from each continuing team’s high school supporting their continuing participation in the Challenge.
  15. Participants continuing in the Challenge will enter the second part of the Challenge. Towards the end of the competition, your team is required to upload a video presenting the smart solution to solve the identified problem in your city.
  16. Final project videos must be submitted to La Trobe by date to be advised in 2024. La Trobe will review all final submissions and determine in its discretion which of the submissions will progress to a final show case event to be held in late 2024 ('Showcase Event').
  17. The Showcase Event will be held in virtual mode before an international jury on a date to be notified by La Trobe.
  18. An International Jury appointed by La Trobe and consisting of selected academics and industry executives will determine the winning entry ('Winning Entry') at the Showcase Event. The Winning Entry is selected and determined based on the following criteria:
    1. Validity of the problem being solved (30%)
      • How well is the problem defined and supported?
      • Have the risks and opportunities of the concept been identified and assessed?
    2. Originality and impact of the solution (30%)
      • How unique is the solution?
      • Impact: Is it an incremental improvement or transformative solution?
    3. Commercialization potential of the solution (30%)
      • How thorough is the market analysis of similar solutions?
      • How feasible is the solution to implement in real life?
    4. Quality of presentation (10%)
  19. The Winning Entry will be announced during the Showcase Event. The Winning Entry and the details of the wining participants may be published on La Trobe’s website and social media accounts. The decision of the International Jury is final and binding on each participant.
  20. The International Jury will select the winner.
  21. Each member of the winning teams will receive an iPad (‘Prize’) along with a certificate to commemorate their achievement.
  22. Certificates of Participation will be issued to all teams who have completed phase 1 and 2 of the competition.
  23. La Trobe may refuse to award a Prize, or seek its recovery, in the event of the relevant participant’s fraud, dishonesty, or non-entitlement under, or breach of, these Terms.
  24. Prize winners should obtain their own independent financial advice in relation to any tax liability that may arise as a result of their participation in the Challenge.
  25. Each participant acknowledges that participation in the Challenge and redemption of the Prize may involve risk. La Trobe may require a Prize winner to sign an indemnity and release prior to redeeming the Prize or participating in the Challenge.
  26. Each participant grants to La Trobe a perpetual, royalty-free licence to use, reproduce, publish and communicate their entry, including a right to sublicense it to other parties (including posting on La Trobe’s social media accounts, in any format, for an unlimited time and in any territory for the purpose of the Challenge and for La Trobe’s marketing and promotional purposes.
  27. Participants may be required to participate in interviews and publicity. Each participant agrees to La Trobe using their name, image, photographs and videos for publicity and promotional purposes without compensation and agrees that La Trobe will own any copyright in any such images, photographs, videos and any other materials containing the name and image of the participants.
  28. Each participant consents to La Trobe using any personal information supplied or connected with their entry for the purposes of the Challenge and for La Trobe’s marketing and promotional purposes.
  29. La Trobe handles personal information in accordance with its Privacy Policy and Procedure which is available at: www.latrobe.edu.au/policy.
  30. La Trobe accepts no responsibility for invalid, misdirected, lost or delayed entries, any incorrect or inaccurate information, any equipment or technical error, or for any defect in, theft, destruction, unauthorised access to or alteration of any entry.
  31. To the extent permitted by law, La Trobe will not be liable for any injury, damages, expenses, or loss whatsoever (whether direct or indirect) to persons or property as a result of any person entering the Challenge or accepting or using any prize, including without limitation non-receipt of any prize.
  32. To the extent permitted by law, all warranties in respect of the Challenge and any prize, whether express, implied, statutory or otherwise, are excluded. To the extent such warranties cannot be excluded by law but liability can lawfully be limited, liability is limited at La Trobe’s option to replacing the prize or the cost of replacing the prize or acquiring an equivalent item.
  33. The Challenge is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, La Trobe’s social media channels, and any other social media channels used to facilitate the Challenge, including YouTube, Facebook and Instagram. Any questions, comments or complaints regarding the Challenge should be directed to La Trobe.
  34. Each participant releases YouTube, Facebook and Instagram from any and all liability for any loss, damage or injury arising out of or in relation to the Challenge.
  35. This Challenge is conducted under, and must be construed by, the laws of the state of Victoria, Australia and the laws of Victoria, Australia govern the terms and conditions of this Challenge